POOL: Tree felled by leaders

SOMETHING had to give when the last two surviving unbeaten records in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE collided head on.

And it was league newcomers Yew Tree who suffered, crashing to a 7-1 defeat at home to rampant leaders Royal British Legion A.

Tree had won two and drawn five of their opening seven games of the season but were no match for Legion A, who have now won eight out of eight.

Ryan Orton, Gaz Woodfield, Tim McShane, Nidge Orton, Martin Bremner and the pairings of Rich Devine and Nigel Burton and Orton and Tom Burton did the business, with the home side’s only consolation coming on the last leg.

However, despite their flawless record, Legion A are still only two points clear at the top — with no fewer than three teams on their coat tails.

Empire A head the trio after a 5-3 victory at Station Hotel (Hucknall) B, for whom veteran Paddy McShane racked up a singles/pairs double in vain. The victors’ winners were Rob Roylance, Michael Fowkes, Geoff Taylor, the pairing of Steve Wood and Taylor and, on the decisive last leg, Dave Wainwright, who defeated Paul Hibbard.

Defending champions Spot-On Low-C bounced back from their rare blip the previous week by winning 5-3 at Sherwood Ranger. Mind you, they had to overcome another scare, trailing 2-1 at one stage before Dean Britton, Tim Hudson, Ryan Norris and the partnership of Norris and Britton eased them home.

The team who beat Low-C seven days earlier, Empire Muppets, continued their good form with a 6-2 triumph at home to Green Dragon. They hit back from 2-1 down in style, thanks largely to Ashley Radford and Dave Rhodes, who won on singles and pairs.

In the night’s remaining three fixtures, Bestwood Village Social Club, Harrier and Chequers Inn B all celebrated two points.

Bestwood claimed an 8-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Seven Stars, who couldn’t raise a team.

Relieved Harrier pocketed only their second win of the season — 5-3 at home to Liberal Club, whose only success came on legs four, five and eight. And Chequers B beat pub rivals Chequers Inn A 6-2, with Shane Wood successful on singles and pairs.

Wood is now joint third in the league’s individual rankings table, with seven wins from eight games and 51 points, alongside namesake Steve Wood, of Empire A.

The new outright leader is Geoff Taylor (Empire A) with 56 points (eight wins out of eight), three in front of Dean Britton (Low-C) with 53 points (seven wins out of nine).